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Travel through time! From horse bus to Metrolink... the story of Greater Manchester's public transport. If you fancy a really interesting, unusual and enjoyable day out, why not pay a visit to the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester?
It's just like taking a trip back in time as you wander through one of Britain's biggest collections of restored buses, coaches and trams. Your amazing time-travelling journey will take you all the way from an elaborately painted Victorian open-top horse drawn bus, to the streamlined prototype of Greater Manchester's Metrolink tram. In between you'll be able to see and sit in fascinating vehicles that range from early trams, trolley buses and even the 'charras' that took Greater Manchester folk on their outings to the coast and countryside. The museum is located within a genuine bus garage and features transport offices preserved like time capsules from the past, complete with original decor and furniture. There are also lots of smaller memory-joggers like old ticket machines, uniforms, timetables and photographs.
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Can you help Georgia? She's at Salford University and is writing a dissertation research project, exploring sustainable transport systems and attitudes towards car use. It would mean a lot to her if you could take a look at her survey.
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We're not open for a while - we're closed in line with government guidance.
We use our 'Saturday Showoff' slot to show you what you're missing out on. This week it's our Lancashire United AEC tow lorry. It was new as a wartime military truck and converted with a crane and breakdown equipment.
Being closed is hurting our finances - if you're in a position to help, please donate if you can to our fundraising page at buff.ly/2zJeTT2.
Step back in time with us on 'Throwback Thursday' - this week we're in Leigh bus station, waiting for a bus to the delightfully named 'Dangerous Corner'!
Short of something to keep the kids occupied during the new restrictions? Try our FREE downloadable game 'Top Buses'! All the instructions and the download are at https://buff.ly/35yckiZ
In line with national guidance for England, we’re closed for a while now; so we’re going to take a winter break. We hope to be back early in the new year when we’ll once again be clean, safe and ready to welcome you all back to the Museum. We enjoyed a few weeks of opening with about 1,000 visitors coming in - thanks for visiting.
We’d really like to thank everyone who has visited over the last few weeks and we’re looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as we can!
On 'Mystery Monday' we challenge you to help us place a photo in our collection. This one is from a collection bequeathed to us and we know it's in Salford. But where, exactly? Tell us!
On this day in 1976, Altrincham Interchange opened. The bridge has come and gone, the trains have been replaced by Metrolink, even the bus station now looks totally different, but the clock tower is still there!
Just a reminder - we're open today, 10 am to 4.30 pm - no need to pre-book but no more than 6 in a party (all from same household) and masks compulsory unless exempt.
However it looks like we'll have to close after today in line with government restrictions.
This will put our already-strained finances under more pressure. If you're able to donate to help keep us alive, please visit our fundraising page at https://buff.ly/2zJeTT2.
Our 'Saturday Showoff' brings our collection to you, to show you what you're missing out on., This week we feature Manchester 3245,a lovely bus from 1951.
We're open Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4.30 pm, no need to pre-book. See https://buff.ly/32b6YcG for details.
Despite Tier 3 we're open this weekend. 10 am to 4.30. We're clean and Good To Go; and while we're indoors (so great for rainy weather) we're a big space so social distancing shouldn't be hard. For more info visit https://buff.ly/32b6YcG.
'Throwback Thursday' this week takes us to the junction of Dane Road and Temple Road, Sale. The rain, the bus, the car, the streetlamps - it screams 1970s!
We'd forgotten about this excellent blog from a while back, but it explores 'canteen culture' using photos from our archive. https://thebusstopshereblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/whats-in-your-brew-can/?fbclid=IwAR3hHD2uJCPyHG3Om-GnLF1tcoqkV6zYNRVE-iQRDnL2BaBjq5A6ciYUwY4
As a lad I went with my Dad to his work at Mother’s Pride Bakery. The work’s canteen left such a lasting impression on me, noise, smoke, chat, laughter, howls, hands of curled cards, li…
Our friends at Manchester Taxi Tours did a review of their visit to us - they're visiting each of the 'Hidden 8' museums of Manchester's culture and heritage. You can read the review on their website.
Welcome to the first instalment of our eight hidden gems in and around Manchester. These are places which might not initially crop up on your itinerary when planning a trip to the city, as you might never heard of them, but you definitely don’t want to miss out on seeing them. The first location w...
Each week in 'Mystery Monday' we ask you to turn armchair detective to help us work out where one of our photo collection was taken. This week the clues are there - Ashton bus on the 127 to Haughton Green, trolleybus wires and a corner shop. But where was it?
Did you know that you can become a member of the Greater Manchester Transport Society, the charity that operates the Museum of Transport? You get unlimited free entry, souvenir shop discounts, volunteering opportunities (if you want to) and a glossy full-colour magazine every two months. For more details visit our website at https://buff.ly/3mb1g1J.
Every week we use 'Saturday Showoff' to highlight one of our collection. If you haven't visited, you're missing out! This week it's a very unusual little beast - a 'Lacre' road sweeper that once kept Manchester's streets clean but was eventually rescued after working to clear snow from Manchester airport's runways.
In 1977, GMT painted some buses in a special livery to celebrate the Queen's silver jubilee - here's one with the Arndale Centre being finished in the background. It's this week's 'Throwback Thursday' photo - hands up if you remember seeing one!
Despite the restrictions, we have the green light to stay open safely - see our website at https://buff.ly/32b6YcG to see that we're Good To Go. We're open Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 4.30 pm, and although we're indoors it's a very big open space and it's not hard to socially distance.
No need to pre-book: all we ask is that you wear a mask unless exempt, and parties must all be from the same household and no more than six people.
Every week is 'Mystery Monday' when we ask you to help identify where a photo was taken. This week's pic might be easy if you live somewhere near Withington: but we don't know. Can you help us?
We're fundraising to put our 1934 Crossley 'Mancunian' back on the road - please can you help? It'll be an expensive task, so please donate (if you can) to our fundraising page at https://buff.ly/34JMq9j
Each Saturday we bring you a pic of something in our collection to show you what you're missing by not visiting! This week it's our 1981 MCW 'Metrobus', 5083, which is waiting to be restored.
We're open again Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 4.30 pm and you can find out more at https://motgm.uk/visit-secure.html.
We love this week's 'Thursday Throwback' photo - it's Manchester airport in the early 1970s under the 'wavy' canopy at the front of the terminal with an express coach service to the city centre just setting off.
Following the government update, we can confirm that at this time we remain OPEN Saturdays and Sundays. Please follow the guidelines (e.g. we're an indoors space, so a party of visitors must all be from the same household) and you must wear a mask to visit us (unless exempt).
We're Good To Go - for details on our safe opening visit https://buff.ly/32b6YcG.
We've worked hard to make sure we're #GoodToGo and despite the restrictions, we have a green light to open weekends 10 am to 4.30 pm. Our museum is indoors (so great for wet days) but very big - social distancing shouldn't be a problem. For more details take a look at our website at https://motgm.uk/visit-secure.html
On 'Mystery Monday' we share a photo that we can't quite place, so you can help us fix the location. This is definitely in the Oldham area, but where exactly?
We're open again, 10 am to 4.30 pm every Saturday and Sunday - no need to pre-book. All we ask is that you wear a mask (unless exempt) and groups are limited to no more than 6.
At the moment we're unable to allow visitors to board our buses, as they're confined spaces and cleaning after every person boarding is impossible - but there's still plenty to see. Come down and have a day out - we're Good To Go!
We're open again, so we use 'Saturday Showoff' so you can see what you're missing if you don't visit! This is Manchester 1250, an impressive trolleybus built in 1950.
On 'Throwback Thursday' we take you back in time. This week it's a bit unusual - this is a drawing made in the mid-1980s showing what planners thought the new Metrolink at the G-Mex arena would look like. Pretty close to how it turned out, don't you think?
This is a poorly bus! And it's not going to get better. It's from Scotland and we're dismantling it to give up parts for some museum buses - and also part of it has a long-term future as a Museum exhibit. Stay tuned for more news on that soon...
Every Monday we present our 'Mystery Monday' photo' when we ask you to turn amateur detective to help us place a photo. We think we should know where this one is, but we can't quite place it - any takers?
This is Sebi. She came with her daddy to our museum yesterday and had a smashing time, and was very glad to get out of the house and look at all our buses.
We're open every Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4.30 pm, no need to pre-book.
While we were closed we used 'Saturday Showoff' to bring our collection to you. But now we're open, we didn't get the chance to show you everything - and we want you to come and have a look for yourself! So we'll use Saturday for a few more weeks to show off our vehicles. This week it's one of our few non-bus exhibits - a 1946 brewery dray.
For 'Throwback Thursday' this week we're at the back entrance of the old Arndale bus station - it was unlikely to win any prizes for appearance! It closed in 1996 and has been replaced by the far better Transport for Greater Manchester Shudehill Interchange.
It was great to be open last weekend, it went very well - from now on until further notice we're open Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 4.30 pm. Masks are compulsory (unless exempt, no more than 6 per group, no entry to buses for now; but no need to pre-book. Come and say hello, we're Good To Go!
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